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ENCAUSTIC TILES – CLEANING & SEALING

Different surfaces have different requirements in order to keep their beauty and integrity.
Aqua-Seal STS offers Pre-Grout Sealing, Sealing, Maintenance and Restoration specifications. These are listed below for your convenience.

The timeless beauty of Encaustic Tiles has made this material a favourite choice. Encaustic Tiles are handmade cement tiles using century old traditional methods. The tiles are made one at a time by hydraulic press in which the pattern or figure of different colours of clay is pressed into the surface. It is not a glaze or a paint on the surface. This traditional production process creates both beauty and character and means each tile is unique and interesting. Being handmade means there will always be some slight imperfections, irregular edges, variations of shade and size. Due to the high content of calcium carbonate, Encaustic Tiles are susceptible to traffic wear patterns plus etching from acid based contaminants eg wine, citrus, soft drinks etc.

PDF - CARE & MAINTENANCE SPECIFICATION

CARE & MAINTENANCE SPECIFICATION FOR ENCAUSTIC TILES

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SIX SIDED / DIP SEALING

WHY DIP SEAL OR SIX SIDE SEAL YOUR ENCAUSTIC TILES

Purpose: Dip Sealing or Six Sided Sealing is done to help protect porous encaustic tiles from staining and ease the grout clean up during installation. It also helps minimise efflorescence, mineral blooming and picture framing. Use ULTRA-BLOCK for this purpose.

Ultra-Block™ Pre-Sealer and Six Sided Dip SealerULTRA-BLOCK is an economical water based specialty sealer formulated as an installation aid. Ideal for six sided sealing, dip-sealing, underside sealing & pre-grouting sealing. Helps prevent staining caused by grouting, water soluble minerals, picture framing, efflorescence and adhesive blotch marks which are normally absorbed through the back of the stone during installation. If a dark or contrasting grout is to be used, apply GROUT RELEASE PRO AFTER the initial coat of ULTRA-BLOCK has cured and before starting the grouting. This will help minimise staining from the dark grout.

Note: If you intend using an enhancing type sealer for an enhanced look as the final finish, AVOID ULTRA-BLOCKcontact with the top surface.

STEP BY STEP HOW TO DIP SEAL ENCAUSTIC TILES

Read entire label, technical bulletin and SDS before using. Always do a test area first.
Step By Step Dip-Sealing using Ultra-Block

 

 

 

 

PREVENT GROUT HAZE

Haze Away™ Grout Haze Remover and Grout Haze Inhibitor

You can use HAZE AWAY as per label instructions to further help the grout clean-up process and also minimise any grout haze.

PRE-GROUT SEALING

WHY PRE-SEAL BEFORE GROUTING

Pre-Sealing helps with the grouting clean up process and helps minimise staining from handling and adhesives during the installation.

NATURAL LOOK

Encaustic Seal Gold™ Premium Encaustic Tile SealerBefore installation or before the grouting process, pre-seal the top surface with ENCAUSTIC SEAL GOLD if a NATURAL LOOK is desired.

Note: If a dark or contrasting grout is used, apply GROUT RELEASE PRO AFTER the initial coat of  ENCAUSTIC SEAL GOLD has cured and before starting the grouting process. This will help minimise staining from the dark grout.

You can use HAZE AWAY as per label instructions to further help the grout clean-up process and also minimise any grout haze.

NATURAL LOOK

Aqua-Seal Gold+™ Premium Natural Look Sealer with Rapid Seal

 

Before installation or before the grouting process, pre-seal the top surface with AQUA-SEAL GOLD+ if a NATURAL LOOK is desired.

Note: If a dark or contrasting grout is used, apply GROUT RELEASE PRO AFTER the initial coat of AQUA-SEAL GOLD+ has cured and before starting the grouting process. This will help minimise staining from the dark grout.

You can use HAZE AWAY as per label instructions to further help the grout clean-up process and also minimise any grout haze.

ENHANCED LOOK

Enhance’N’Seal™ Premium Sealer & Colour Enhancer

 

Before installation or before the grouting process, pre-seal the top surface with ENHANCE’N’SEAL if an ENHANCED LOOK is desired.

Note: If a dark or contrasting grout is used, apply GROUT RELEASE PRO AFTER the initial coat of ENHANCE’N’SEAL has cured and before starting the grouting process. This will help minimise staining from the dark grout.

You can use HAZE AWAY as per label instructions to further help the grout clean-up process and also minimise any grout haze.

SEALING - NATURAL LOOK (OPTION 1)

WHY SEAL

Sealing will help protect porous surface from staining and ease ongoing maintenance.

NATURAL LOOK

Encaustic Seal Gold™ Premium Encaustic Tile Sealer
ENCAUSTIC SEAL GOLD is the best recommendation for a NATURAL LOOK & maximum stain resistance. Aqua-Seal Gold+ is a premium, natural look, no sheen, penetrating sealer. Rapid-Seal STS™ Formula provides maximum stain resistance in 4 hours. Safe, Non-Flammable, Non-Yellowing, UV Resistant, Low VOC Formula. Also a pre-grouting sealer. Breathable – Allows Moisture Vapour Transmission. Reduces Freeze/Thaw Damage, Spalling and Efflorescence. Helps to Consolidate Surfaces. Inhibits Mould and Mildew growth. For indoor, outdoor, domestic and commercial areas. Safe for food preparation areas. USE: On porous & unsealed surfaces.

 

Step By Step Sealing with ENCAUSTIC SEAL GOLD
Note: Read entire label, technical bulletin and SDS before using. Always do a test area first.

Step By Step Sealing using Aqua-Seal Gold+

SEALING - NATURAL LOOK (OPTION 2)

WHY SEAL

Sealing will help protect porous surface from staining and ease ongoing maintenance.

NATURAL LOOK

Aqua-Seal Gold+™ Premium Natural Look Sealer with Rapid SealAQUA-SEAL GOLD+ is the best recommendation for a NATURAL LOOK & maximum stain resistance. Aqua-Seal Gold+ is a premium, natural look, no sheen, penetrating sealer. Rapid-Seal STS™ Formula provides maximum stain resistance in 4 hours. Safe, Non-Flammable, Non-Yellowing, UV Resistant, Low VOC Formula. Also a pre-grouting sealer. Breathable – Allows Moisture Vapour Transmission. Reduces Freeze/Thaw Damage, Spalling and Efflorescence. Helps to Consolidate Surfaces. Inhibits Mould and Mildew growth. For indoor, outdoor, domestic and commercial areas. Safe for food preparation areas. USE: On porous & unsealed surfaces.

 

Step By Step Sealing with AQUA-SEAL GOLD+
Note: Read entire label, technical bulletin and SDS before using. Always do a test area first.

Step By Step Sealing using Aqua-Seal Gold+

SEALING - NATURAL LOOK (SMALL AREAS)

WHY SEAL

Sealing will help protect porous surface from staining and ease ongoing maintenance.

NATURAL LOOK

Spray'N'Seal™ Premium Natural Look Sealer
SPRAY’N’SEAL which is a premium, natural look, no sheen, penetrating aerosol sealer. Rapid-Seal STS™ Formula. Non-Yellowing, UV Resistant. Also a pre-grouting sealer. Use on newly installed grout 2 hours after grouting (for best performance allow new grout to fully cure before sealing). Breathable – Allows Moisture Vapour Transmission. Reduces Freeze/Thaw Damage, Spalling and Efflorescence. Helps to Consolidate Surfaces. Inhibits Mould and Mildew growth. For indoor, outdoor, domestic and commercial areas. Safe for food preparation areas. USE: On porous & unsealed surfaces.

SEALING & COLOUR ENHANCING

WHY SEAL

Sealing will help protect porous surface from staining and ease ongoing maintenance.

Enhance’N’Seal™ Premium Sealer & Colour Enhancer

 

ENHANCE’N’SEAL is the best recommendation for a COLOUR ENHANCED/DARKENED LOOK & maximum stain resistance. It is a 100% Actives, premium, penetrating, no sheen sealer & colour enhancer. For maximum stain resistance and to enhance, darken, highlight & rejuvenate colour. Non-Flammable, Non-Yellowing and UV Resistant. Can be used as a pre-grouting sealer. Breathable – Allows Moisture Vapour Transmission (MVT). Reduces Freeze/Thaw Damage, Spalling & Efflorescence. Inhibits Mould & Mildew growth. For indoor, outdoor, domestic & commercial areas. Safe for food preparation areas. USE: On porous & unsealed surfaces.

Note: The colour enhancement cannot be reversed.

Step By Step Sealing with ENHANCE’N’SEAL
Note: Read entire label, technical bulletin and SDS before using. Always do a test area first.

Step By Step Sealing using Enhance-N-Seal

REGULAR CLEANING

REGULAR CLEANING

EzyClean™ Everyday Stone, Tile & Grout CleanerUse EZYCLEAN A highly-concentrated, biodegradable neutral pH cleaner. Safe for everyday/regular use. Will not affect sealers, stone, tile or grout. Rinse free, streak free formula. Fresh lemon scent. When used regularly and as per directions helps maintain your surface in a pristine condition. Regular use also helps prevent soap scum & hard water
deposits build up. Helps to inhibit Mould and Mildew growth. Leaves a room smelling fresh and clean with a lemon scent.

Does NOT affect sealer performance. For indoor, outdoor, domestic and commercial areas. Safe for food preparation areas.

REGULAR CLEANING & RE-SEALING

REGULAR CLEANING & RE-SEALING

Boost™ Everyday Cleaner and Re-SealerBOOST is a new generation, rinse free, streak free ultra concentrated pH neutral cleaner & re-sealer. This biodegradable neutral cleaner when used regularly and as per directions helps maintain your sealed surface in a pristine condition and ensures longevity of your existing sealer. Regular use also helps prevent build up of soap scum and hard water deposits. Leaves a room smelling fresh and clean with a fresh lemon scent. USE: For sealed stone, tile, grout, porcelain tile and other surfaces.

For indoor, outdoor, domestic and commercial areas. Safe for food preparation areas.

HEAVY DUTY CLEANING

HEAVY DUTY CLEANING

XtremeClean™ Heavy Duty Stone, Tile and Grout CleanerUse XTREMECLEAN, a concentrated heavy duty cleaner and degreaser. Use on heavily soiled and neglected areas. Ideal as a periodic heavy duty cleaner. Formulated to remove most dirt, grease, grime, soap scum, wax, oil, mildew, algae, porcelain wax and floor finishes. Ideal for areas that have been neglected or subject to heavy use.

For indoor, outdoor, domestic and commercial areas. Safe for food preparation areas.

REMOVING STAINS

Depending on the type of stain or its severity, use POULTICE PLUS (small areas) or POULTICE POWDER (large areas).
For severe stains, use Poultice Powder mixed with water or with the appropriate Aqua-Seal Cleaner or Problem Solver product – refer to our extensive and detailed  STAIN REMOVAL GUIDE for the appropriate recommended product.
Note: The degree of success will be determined by factors including but not limited to type of surface stained, length of time stain has been in place, & whether the surface stained is sealed or unsealed.

STAIN REMOVAL – SMALL AREAS

Poultice Plus™ Stain Remover PastePOULTICE PLUS, an easy to use pre-mixed poultice paste. Safe on all natural stone, tile, concrete and grout to help remove stains like oil, coffee, tea, red wine etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAIN REMOVAL – LARGE AREAS

Poultice Powder™ Stain Removal Paste for Porous SurfacesPOULTICE POWDER, is a highly effective, easy to use, non acidic, absorptive clay powder designed to help remove most deep set stains from porous surfaces. It can also to be used as a mild abrasive cleaner to help boost the performance of cleaners for stubborn areas and remove light grout haze from natural stone.

 

 

 

 

 

Step By Step Guide for Removing Stains with POULTICE PLUS or POULTICE POWDER
Note: Read entire label, technical bulletin and SDS before using. Always do a test area first.

Step By Step Guide for Removing Stains using Poultice Plus or Poultice Powder

Important Note

Read entire Product Label, SDS and Technical Bulletin before using any product.
ALWAYS TEST A SMALL AREA to determine the ease of application & desired results.

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